SMIA ladies prove that snow or ice or frigid temps won't keep us away from meeting together. We had a great crowd for breakfast and coffee and a wonderful speaker, Dorothy Chandler, director of the Midtown Assistance Center. The center operates to help those who are working but end up in a situation where they need help with rent, utilities or getting a new job. We learned one of their greatest needs is men's work clothing, particularly black pants, black shoes and steel toed boots. If you're thinking of supporting this organization, pants run about $20, Boots $35, shoes $28. Also, if you frequent thrift store and see these items or a tuxedo (banquet servers) think about purchasing those items for Midtown Assistance. It's nice to see how members of the faith community are pooling resources to help those who truly are facing hard times. Also, they'd love more volunteers.
We decided our Feb. meeting will be a regular meeting. Those who are thinking of going to the conference in San Antonio are keeping in touch, looking for a good airfare. If you see a good airfare to San Antonio for March 26-28, let everyone know. They are saying Sarah Palin will be there, but we have no official schedule or word on that yet. As wonderful as it would be to have Gov. Palin, even if she can't make it, you will have a wonderful time at the national convention.
Thank you letters are rolling in from our Christmas projects for Soldiers. If you get one, please share. Also, thanks to everyone for their donations to the MAC food pantry. The generosity of this group is amazing!